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Good Day: Jan. 21, 2010

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Entertainment,Science and Technology,Rob Nagle

PERSON IN TOWN

Monty Python’s Terry Jones appears in conversation at the Castro Theatre as part of the S.F. Sketchfest comedy celebration. The program includes a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” [7 p.m., 429 Castro St., S.F.]


DINING OUT

Ana Mandara: Chef Khai Duong’s featured appetizer is Dungeness crab souffle, with saffron butter sauce. Today’s highlighted entree is roasted Alaskan salmon with leek and garlic chive and pomegranate and balsamic vinegar. For dessert, look for the ginger crème brûlée. [891 Beach St., S.F.; (415) 771-6800]


LECTURES

Dave Freudenthal: The Wyoming governor discusses how he is looking for cleaner sources of energy with natural gas and wind power and how California might help. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]

Richard Reeves: The best-selling author talks about one of the most audacious and perilous actions of the post-World War II years — the Berlin airlift. [6 p.m., Commonwealth Club, 595 Market St., S.F.]


LITERARY

Daniel A. Olivas: The short-story writer talks about “Anywhere but L.A.” [7:30 p.m., Kepler’s Books and Magazines, 1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park]

Nelson Lichenstein: The historian talks about “The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business.” [7 p.m., Modern Times Bookstore, 888 Valencia St., S.F.]


COLLEGES

Kathleen Merrigan: The U.S. deputy secretary of agriculture talks about the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative. [7 p.m., Annenberg Auditorium, Stanford University]


PUBLIC LIBRARIES

Computer class: Session, presented in Russian, covers how to use the Internet and library catalog. [9 to 11:30 a.m., Main Library, Training Center, 100 Larkin St., S.F.]

School-age crafts: Session is for ages 5 and older. [4 p.m., Portola Branch, 380 Bacon St., S.F.]
 

CITY

Benefit concert: Taj Mahal, Tommy Johnston, Carlos Reyes and others appear in “Voices of Latin Rock,” an autism-awareness benefit. Proceeds go to the Alex Speaks Foundation. [7:30 p.m., Bimbo’s, 1025 Columbus Ave., S.F.]
 
House blend: The California Academy of Sciences hosts “NightLife.” Coffee tasting is on the slate this week. Future Universal, a collective of electronica DJs, artists and promoters, provides the music. [6 to 10 p.m., Golden Gate Park, S.F.]

Filmmaker showcase: “Jacques Tati: Genius of French Comedy,” a series saluting the 20th-century French filmmaker, begins. “Jour de Fete” screens today. [7:30 p.m., Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F.]

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